MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 5
Today we release an updated Beta revision of Afterburner, this application successfully secured the leading position on graphics card utilities. We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 5 is ready,
Changes list includes:
- Improved active monitoring graphs list control in "Monitoring" tab reduces list flickering when hovering mouse cursor over it
- ReadMe file is now provided in RTF format instead of plain text format
- Now beta versions display notification messages informing you that it is about to expire soon in one week or less before the end of trial period
- Added update checking system
- Added RivaTuner-styled command line interface providing direct GPU and I2C device registers access. Logical AND, OR and XOR operations are supported in addition to regular read and write operations. Now MSI Afterburner can be used by vendors for pre-production custom VRM testing and calibration
- Added German localization
- Updated OSD Server:
- Added screencapture and videocapture support for Direct3D10 and Direct3D11 applications using BGR framebuffers (e.g. F.3.A.R.)
- Fixed Crysis 2 DX11 intro movies rendering issue when OSD is being displayed in raster 3D mode
- Updated profiles list
ASUS ProArt Series PA238Q Monitor released
Created to meet the needs of graphic designers and other professionals, the IPS-paneled ASUS PA238Q joins the ProArt Series of displays as a 23
AMD FX Bulldozer CPU Against Intel Core i7-990X
A Czech publication has published the first benchmark scores which compare AMD's upcoming high-performance Bulldozer FX CPUs with Intel's current flagship, the six-core Core i7-990X reports Soft-pedia today.
" The comparative benchmarks are included in a review of the AMD 990FX chipset which was published recently by the PCTuning website.
Both processors included in the test were overclocked to 4GHz and were paired with two Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards operating in SLI in order to asses their gaming performance. Judging by results the two systems seem to perform pretty similarly, except for a few cases in which the Intel platform takes the lead. However, this happens in just a few games, namely DiRT 2, H.A.W.X. 2 and Resident Evil 5, and the results are pretty close to one another.
When taking a look at these benchmarks, one also has to keep in mind the fact that the Bulldozer CPU used isn't based on the final silicon version, which means that retail units may feature an important boost in performance.
There is also the question of drivers, as the AMD platform was tested with the Nvidia 275.36 beta version since the GPU maker hasn't released a final SLI-enabled driver for AMD 900-series chipsets.
Unlike AMD's previous designs, Bulldozer will use a new approach that relies on a modular architecture. Each module includes two processing cores, as well as other components, and these can be paired together to form CPUs with up to eight computing cores.
The first chips built on this architecture were expected to arrive in June and targeted the desktop market, but at this year's Computex AMD announced that the first Zambezi FX CPUs won't arrive until August or September of 2011.
The big problem with these tests is that they are VERY graphics card dependant in 2560x1600 with 8xAA etc etc The tests should have been at lower resolutions so you create CPU dependancy to objectively see how powerfull the processor actually is.
But ah well, time will tell.
Nvidia Tegra 4 to Feature Up to 8 Processing Cores
NVIDIA has already finalized some of the specs of the fourth generation Tegra SoC, which will be released under the
ThermalTake Commander MS-I budget chassis
ThermalTake reveals the Commander MS-I, a new budget case for gamers.
Thermaltake, a leading brand in DIY computer chassis, is introducing their entry level mid-tower chassis. This new product comes with added features such as extra-long VGA support and cable-management. Users can wire their computer cables underneath the mainboard for enhanced ventilation; this chassis also holds premium VGA card, such as nVidia GTX590 and AMD Radeon HD6990, with ease. Two USB 2.0 connectors as well as HD audio microphone and earphone jacks are on the front bezel, integrating all major multimedia connectors within your hand
TRENDnet TEW-656BRG 3G mobile wireless N router
TRENDnet announced its TEW-656BRG ultra portable 3G mobile wireless N router is now available, it should retail for around $99.99.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the ultra portable 3G Mobile Wireless N Router, model TEW-656BRG, which shares a single Internet connection from a compatible Sprint , AT&T , Verizon, or other USB 3G / 3.75G modem, with multiple users.
The TEW-656BRG is one of the lightest and smallest 3G routers available; so small that it can slip into any laptop bag unnoticed. It has no battery, and can be powered directly from a laptop's USB port, eliminating the often frustrating search for an electrical outlet while on the go (it also comes with an electrical adapter). The device also features a built in hanging hook, allowing users to neatly hang the TEW-656BRG on the back of a laptop screen while working.
Designed for people on the go, this compact router connects to the Internet from any 3G / 3.75G cellular phone signal. No installation is required when the modem is auto-recognized; simply plug the 3G / 3.75G modem into the router to share an Internet connection with multiple users.
Now users can share a single 3G Internet connection while in between flights at the airport, at a job site, car pooling to work, or even on vacation with the family. Consumers need only an active Internet plan with their respective third party 3G / 3.75G Internet service provider. Connecting to the router is easy with Wi-Fi Protected Setup or WPS, which connects computers to the router at the touch of a button. The latest in wireless encryption protects your valuable data and it comes with a handy carrying case.
The 3G Mobile Wireless N Router, model TEW-656BRG, is currently shipping to online and retail partners.
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U.S. Navy Bought 59000 Fake Chinese Microchips
If left undiscovered the result could have rendered useless U.S. missiles and killed the signal from aircraft that tells everyone whether it's friend or foe. Apparently foreign chip makers are often better at making cheap microchips and U.S. defense contractors are loathe to pass up the better deal.
The problem remains with these "trojan-horse" circuits that can be built into the chip and are almost impossible to detect -- especially without the original plans to compare them to. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) is now looking for ways to check the chips to make sure they haven't been hacked in the production process.
Intel to discontinue X25-E SSDs
Over at VR Zone they report that Intel is discontinuing its X25-E solid state disks to make way for the new 710 series.
Intel has informed their customers that their good old X25-E SSDs will be discontinued from 11th of July 2011 citing reasons such as short supply of 50nm SLC NAND flash and even greater demand for them. Of course, the main reason is that the X25-E has to make way for the arrival of Intel 710 series (Lyndonville, 25nm MLC HEDT) in mid August.
MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) PCI Express 3.0
We've showed it at Computex already but MSI announced the Z68A-GD80 (G3), claiming it's world's first motherboard with PCI Express 3.0. This marketing claim is false though, ASRock introduced its PCI Express 3.0 motherboard a couple of days earlier, but it remains to be seen which of the two will hit retail stores first. One thing is for sure though, the MSI mainboard is definitely the first motherboard with three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots because the ASRock model offers just two. Availability is slated for later this month.
Three PCI-Express x16 slots (PCIe x16 3.0 deliver a bandwidth of 32GB/s) for SLI or CrossFireX setups (Virtu technology is also supported for some on-the-fly graphics switching), Military Class II components (Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid caps), four DDR3- memory slots, and ten SATA ports (probably four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four 3.0 Gbps).
MSI's PCIe Gen 3-enables solution also boasts the OC Genie II overclocking function, voltage read points, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio, DVI and HDMI outputs (apparently), two USB 3.0 ports on the backplate (plus two via a header), and also FireWire and eSATA connectivity.
AMD Southern Islands-GPU codenames
New unofficial Catalyst 11.7 driver are showing new codenames, they are for the upcoming generation of GPUs from AMD, yes the 7000 series.
The 7000 series is as you guys probably know by now based on a 28nm fabrication. 3DCenter spotted four new codenames from the upcoming Southern Islands family of products. Tahiti would be the top model in a PRO and XT variant, New Zealand could be a dual-GPU based version of Tahiti and then spotted are Lombok for mid-range and Thames in the entry level segment.
The series 7000 is expected to release after Q3 of this year.
AMD Catalyst 11.6a Hotfix driver released
AMD released a new hotfix Catalyst driver which adds support for their new APUs.
AMD Catalyst 11.6a Hotfix: AMD Catalyst driver support for A8
Sandy Bridge-E delayed until January 2012
A reliable source states that Intel has pushed back the Sandy Bridge-E launch from Q4 this year to January 2012 as VR-Zone reports.
We have a feeling that Intel is doing an AMD and what we mean by that is that Intel is focusing on its server CPU business instead of on consumers. AMD delayed its consumer Bulldozer launch in favour of its Opteron CPUs and it's possible that this is part of what made Intel change its strategy. The Sandy Bridge-E CPUs are based on the same core as Intel's upcoming LGA-2011 and LGA-1356 Xeon processors and these are big chips which mean fewer chips per wafer. As such it's entirely plausible that Intel is trying to stock up on chips for its Xeon platforms, but this is only speculation from our side at this point in time.
As the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs are set to replace Intel's aging LGA-1366 Core i platform it looks like the enthusiast end of the market is going to have to wait another quarter before they can get their hands on the new platform. This is going to disappoint quite a few people out there, but this is still a very tiny market for Intel and it's unlikely that it will affect Intel's profits much, if at all. Hopefully there won't be any further delays, although it's also entirely possible that this is a calculated move by Intel, as the company launched a new LGA-1366 CPU only this week, but it's believed to be the last of a dying breed.
4.5 million infected by highly sophisticated TDL-4 virus
BBC News reports security researchers estimate 4.5 million PCs have fallen victim to the TLD-4 virus over the last three months. The TLD-4 botnet is deemed the most sophisticated threat today, it's well protected against attacks, competitors and anti-virus companies. The virus hides in Windows's master boot record, uses a custom encryption system to protect communication between those controlling the botnet and sends out instructions via a public peer-to-peer network rather than centralised command systems.
The 4.5 million PCs have become victims over the last three months following the appearance of the fourth version of the TDL virus.
The changes introduced in TDL-4 made it the "most sophisticated threat today," wrote Kaspersky Labs security researchers Sergey Golovanov and Igor Soumenkov in a detailed analysis of the virus.
"The owners of TDL are essentially trying to create an 'indestructible' botnet that is protected against attacks, competitors, and anti-virus companies," wrote the researchers.
The majority of victims, 28%, are in the US but significant numbers are in India (7%) and the UK (5%). Smaller numbers, 3%, are found in France, Germany and Canada.
However, wrote the researchers, it is the way the botnet operates that makes it so hard to tackle and shut down.
The makers of TDL-4 have cooked up their own encryption system to protect communication between those controlling the botnet. This makes it hard to do any significant analysis of traffic between hijacked PCs and the botnet's controllers.
In addition, TDL-4 sends out instructions to infected machines using a public peer-to-peer network rather than centralised command systems. This foils analysis because it removes the need for command servers that regularly communicate with infected machines.
AMD phases out around 30 AM3 CPUs
DigiTimes reports AMD plans to phase out about 30 AM3-based Phenom II and Athlon II processors in Q3 2011, the full list can be read over here.
AMD plans to phase out about 30 AM3-based Phenom II and Athlon II series CPUs starting in the third quarter. Phenom II series processors' share of AMD's total shipments will drop from 3% in the second quarter to less than 1% in the third and will be completely phased out of the market in the fourth quarter. Athlon II series will also drop from 70% in the second quarter to only 40% in the third and will drop below 30% in the fourth, and be gone from the market in the first quarter of 2012.
AMD will stop taking orders fro CPUs such as Phenom II X6 1100T/1090T and Phenom II X4 980/975 at the end of the fourth quarter, and Phenom II X4 970/965 and Phenom II X2 565/560 at the end of the third quarter. AMD will also stop taking orders for 45nm Athlon II X4 650/640 and Athlon II X3 450 CPUs at the end of the third quarter.